2007 schedule announced

2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced 12-race, 10-track, 5-province schedule debuts on May 26 at Cayuga Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2007) -- The inaugural season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competition will...

2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced
12-race, 10-track, 5-province schedule debuts on May 26 at Cayuga Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2007) -- The inaugural season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competition will begin on Saturday, May 26 at Cayuga International Speedway, and includes races across 10 tracks throughout Canada, with the season-ending event on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Kawartha Speedway.

"The 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series calendar presents a challenging variety of racetracks in key markets, from the sizzle of running in conjunction with the NASCAR Busch Series race in Montreal and during the Champ Car event in Edmonton, to storied oval and road circuits across Canada," said George Silbermann, NASCAR's managing director of racing operations. "Coupled with a strong, recognized series sponsor and a tremendous television package, this sets the stage for an outstanding season of racing."

Canadian Tire Corporation announced its official entitlement of the newly formed series in September, 2006. The series is also supported by Canada's leading sports network, TSN, which will televise 12 one-hour broadcasts featuring racing action from each series event.

"As the country's leading automotive retailer and an avid supporter of racing in Canada for more than twenty years, we are thrilled to be able to bring the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series to drivers and race fans across the country," said Tony Kuczynski, vice president, automotive, Canadian Tire.

"The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series offers TSN the opportunity to showcase and support Canadian drivers and Canadian racing as part of the network's all-encompassing NASCAR coverage," said Phil King, president, TSN. "As NASCAR's popularity north of the border continues to grow, TSN has enjoyed increased NASCAR audiences, which have more than doubled in the past 10 years."

The 2007 schedule will include a visit to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal's famed 2.71-mile road course on August 3-4, as a companion event to the NASCAR Busch Series which will make its Canadian debut.

Other key dates:

The 2007 schedule includes races on eight ovals: Cayuga International Speedway (2), Barrie Speedway (2), Sun Valley Speedway, Mosport Speedway, Riverside Speedway, and Kawartha Speedway; and four road courses: Mosport International Raceway, Grand Prix Edmonton, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

On May 26 and Sept. 1, the Series will visit the renowned Cayuga International Speedway, a 5/8-mile track that has long been associated with some of NASCAR's biggest stars.

On June 16-17, the series will run at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario at the facility's 2.5-mile, 10-turn road course. The series will return on August 11 to race on the Mosport Speedway, the facility's ½-mile oval.

On July 1 and Sept. 8, the series will make stops at Barrie Speedway. Barrie is a 1/3-mile oval and a feature track for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

In July, the series will make its western swing, with races at Sun Valley Speedway in British Columbia and at the Grand Prix Edmonton in Alberta. Sun Valley Speedway is a ½-mile oval and a featured track for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The Edmonton race is a companion event to the Grand Prix Edmonton, a 1.973-mile temporary road course constructed on runways at an active airport.

On Aug. 17-19, the series will be a companion event to the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. The event will take place as part of the historic racing weekend on the city's 1.53-mile street course.

On September 15, the series will make a visit to Eastern Canada at Riverside Speedway, a 1/3-mile oval track that is a scale-model of the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway, and is located in Nova Scotia.

The Championship will run its final event at Kawartha Speedway, a modern, progressive banked 3/8-mile oval that always provides fans with tremendous racing action.

NASCAR has a strong fan base in Canada with 5.8 million fans, representing one out of four Canadian adults. NASCAR is the No. 1 motorsport series on television in Canada. TSN recorded record ratings for its coverage of the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with a national average audience of 332,000 viewers, up 15 percent from 2005.

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NASCAR has a long and celebrated history in Canada, having held sanctioned events in many different NASCAR divisions dating back to the 1950s. In 2007, NASCAR will continue to support Canadian motorsports with three main initiatives: NASCAR Busch Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at circuits throughout Canada, and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Barrie Speedway in Ontario and Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, Quebec.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), which began in 1948, is the leading sanctioning body for stock car racing. NASCAR consists of three major national series (the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as two international series. NASCAR sanctions 1,300 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Based in Daytona Beach (FL), NASCAR has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlotte (NC), Concord (NC), Conover (NC), Bentonville (AR), Mexico City, and Toronto.

About Canadian Tire Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX: CTR.NV, CTR) operates more than 1,100 stores, gas bars and car washes in an inter-related network of businesses engaged in retail, financial services and petroleum. More than 50,000 Canadians work across the Canadian Tire organization from coast-to-coast. Canadian Tire Retail and its Associate Dealers together form one of Canada's best-known and most successful retailers with 464 stores in communities nationwide. Canadian Tire stores offer a unique mix of products and services through the leadership of three specialty stores under one roof - Automotive, Sports and Leisure, and Home Products. Canadian Tire also offers shopping and home delivery through www.canadiantire.ca and by phone order at 1-866-746-7287.

About NASCAR Canada NASCAR Canada supports the continued growth of the NASCAR fan base and further extends the popular NASCAR brand in Canada through sponsorship and licensing opportunities, marketing initiatives, multi-platform media programs and grassroots projects. Established in June 2004, NASCAR Canada is a joint relationship between NASCAR and TSN, and is operated by TSN Events.

2007 NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES SCHEDULE

   Date           Site                                   Location
   May 26       Cayuga Int'l Speedway         Hamilton, ON
   June 16-17  Mosport Int'l Raceway          Bowmanville, ON
   July 1         Barrie Speedway                 Barrie, ON
   July 14-15   Sun Valley Speedway          Vernon, BC
   July 20-21   Grand Prix Edmonton           Edmonton, AB
   Aug. 3-4     Circuit Gilles Villeneuve        Montreal, QC
   Aug. 11       Mosport Speedway             Bowmanville, ON
   Aug. 17-19  Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres Trios-Rivieres, QC
   Sept. 1       Cayuga Int'l Speedway         Hamilton, ON
   Sept. 8       Barrie Speedway                  Barrie, ON
   Sept. 15     Riverside Speedway              Antigonish, NS
   Sept. 23     Kawartha Speedway              Peterborough, ON

TSN's broadcast schedule of the 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (all times ET): * Cayuga International Speedway (Hamilton, ON) -- Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m. * Mosport Speedway (Bowmanville, ON) -- Sunday, June 24, 12 noon * Barrie Speedway (Barrie, ON) -- Saturday, July 14, 1 p.m. * Sun Valley Speedway (Vernon, BC) -- Sunday, July 29, 12 noon * Grand Prix Edmonton (Edmonton) -- Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. * Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) -- Saturday, Aug. 18, 2 p.m. * Mosport Speedway (Bowmanville, ON) -- Sunday, Aug. 19, 12 noon * Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (Trois-Rivieres, QC) -- Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. * Cayuga International Speedway (Hamilton, ON) -- Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. * Barrie Speedway (Barrie, ON) -- Saturday, Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. * Riverside Speedway (Antigonish, NS) -- Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m. * Kawartha Speedway Peterborough, ON) -- Saturday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m.

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